Beginning Workshop in Improvisation by Eric Ritter

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Students will understand the influences that improvisational technique has had on theatre and film practice. Through lectures, video tutorials, and improv exercises students will understand and practice the fundamentals of an improvised comedic performance. Students will be assessed on their commitment and participation in exercises, lectures, research, and the final group performance in front of an audience of their family and peers.

Grade Level: 9-12
Elements: Acting
Keywords: lesson plans, teacher tool, unit, acting, improvisation, improv
National Core Theatre Standards:
Anchor Standard: #2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Grade Level Performance Standard:
TH:Cr2.1.II b. Cooperate as a creative team to make interpretive choices for a drama/theatre work.

Anchor Standard: #3. Refine and complete artistic work.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH Cr3.1.I.b Explore physical, vocal and physiological choices to develop a performance that is believable, authentic, and relevant to a drama/theatre work.
Anchor Standard: #5. Develop and refine artistic works for presentation.
Grade Level Performance Standard: TH Pr5.1.II.a Practice various acting techniques to expand skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

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This curricular unit is one of  fourteen created by pre-service Theatre Education students in methods classes taught by Dr. Mary Schuttler, Professor of Theatre Education at the University of Northern Colorado.  All units were piloted in Colorado schools as a part of the student coursework.   The units were then adjudicated by teams of benchmarkers from EdTA–veteran teachers and troupe directors from our membership.   All curricular units are aligned to Colorado state standards for Theatre Education and all have been cross mapped to the National Core Theatre Standards. Each unit contains the following sections:

  • Map & Calendar showing required time for instruction
  • Detailed demographics for the piloting school
  • Unit goals, standards and lesson objectives
  • Day to day lesson plans
  • Suggested supporting materials
  • Pre and Post Assessments
  • Analysis of Assessment results from pilot
  • Additional guided activities and connections

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Teacher Tools

EdTA Teacher Tool 21: Beginning Workshop in Improvisation by Eric Ritter

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